|No. 85 – Philadelphia Eagles|
|Born:||November 4, 1991|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school:||Salisbury School|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Wilhelm Tye (born November 4, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and Stony Brook, and signed with the New York Giants in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. Tye is notable for being the first player from Stony Brook to reach the NFL and played two seasons for the Giants.
High school career
Originally from Middletown, Connecticut, Tye was a standout tight end/kick returner at Xavier High School (Connecticut) in Middletown. Tye then did his final year of high school at Salisbury School where he was labeled a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout.com and was recognized as the No. 6 prospect in Connecticut and No. 19 tight end in the nation by the latter.
Tye was recruited to play for the Florida State University Seminoles in 2010 before transferring to Stony Brook University for the 2013 season. In two seasons as a Seawolf, Tye recorded 79 catches for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns.
New York Giants
After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Tye was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. He competed with Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells and Jerome Cunningham for the tight end job. On September 1, 2015, he was waived by the Giants. On September 7, 2015, he was signed to the Giants' practice squad. On October 3, 2015, the Giants promoted Tye to the active roster. Tye became the first player from Stony Brook to play in the NFL. On December 14 during a Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins, Tye caught his first NFL touchdown from quarterback Eli Manning en route to a Giants victory. In the Giants next game against the Carolina Panthers on December 20, Tye found the endzone again in a Giants loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. In the season finale on January 3, 2016, Tye found the endzone again in a Giants loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
For the 2015 season, Tye had 42 receptions for 464 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games played. Following the season, Tye was named to the 2015 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
Going into the 2016 season, Tye still had to prove his worth. He made the final 53-man roster and started the 2016 season on the Giants active roster. Tye's statistics regressed in 2016 as he recorded 48 receptions for 395 yards and only one touchdown.
New York Jets
Tye was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on September 3, 2017. On September 10, Tye made his Jets debut, recording three receptions for 34 yards in the 21–12 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was released on October 3, 2017.
New England Patriots
On September 1, Tye was waived with an injury designation as part of the roster cutdown, and reverted to the team's injured reserve the next day. He was released on September 6, 2018.
During his rookie season in 2015, Tye earned the nickname "Baby Gates" because of his admiration of San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and the fact that Tye and Gates have similar playing styles.
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